Charges dismissed for state worker who fell in love with teen killer

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – Off the hook for now: Court records show charges have been dismissed for the woman who treats mentally ill teen criminals and investigators say was having an inappropriate relationship with a patient.

Amber Lucero, 35, was charged with criminal sexual contact of a minor in June. Lucero was a psych tech at the Sequoyah Adolescent Treatment Center: an in-patient facility for boys ages 13 to 17.

KRQE News 13 learned that patient was teen killer Nehemiah Griego.

When officers questioned Griego, who’s now 19, he admitted he and Lucero would take walks and find secret spots away from the cameras to kiss and touch each other over their clothing. Lucero told police she loves Griego.

Her case was nolle prosequi and charges can still be re-filed.

As for Griego, he’s at the state’s juvenile jail. He’ll stay there until he’s 21 for shooting and killing his parents and three younger siblings one by one in the middle of the night at their South Valley home when he was 14.

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